Gloria Petyarre (GP-1003) – Bush Medicine Plant (60cm x 60cm)

Gloria Petyarre (GP-1003) – Bush Medicine Plant (60cm x 60cm)


Acrylic on Linen

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SKU: GP-1003
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Artist: Gloria Petyarre
Painting: Bush Medicine Plant
Size: 60cm x 60cm
Medium: Acrylic on Linen

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Gloria Petyarre is one of Australia’s leading indigenous painters. Her works are held in many major collections worldwide. Born around 1945 on Utopia Station, Gloria grew up in a remote part of the Eastern Desert, living a traditional life. In the late 1970s she participated in the first art programme organised at Utopia and took up Batik work. Eventually commencing painting in 1988, Gloria’s iconic paintings depict leaves of a special bush medicine plant, which is used for medicinal purposes. Women go to different places around Gloria’s country of Utopia to collect such leaves. Once selected, the leaves are boiled to extract the resin and then kangaroo fat is mixed through, creating a paste that can be stored in the bush for extended periods. The medicine is used to heal cuts, bites, burns, rashes and also acts as an insect repellent. The leaves are also dried and added to boiling water to use as an inhalant for chest conditions. Women perform a Bush Medicine Ceremony at different times of the year and in preparation for the ceremony, the women paint their bodies with the special markings used for that particular ceremony. Gloria spends her time between her home country and Alice Springs.